Tucson girl with rare condition gets send-off before bone marrow transplant

Lizzie Bell gets send-off before bone marrow transplant.
Lizzie Bell gets send-off before bone marrow transplant.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's a story we've followed throughout the years. Despite overwhelming odds, a Tucson girl with a rare condition is now receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Lizzie Bell's family and friends threw a party to say goodbye as she heads to Minnesota for her procedures. It was a night full of fun, laughter and tears.

At her "Great Gatsby" themed party, Lizzie Bell was escorted by her younger sister as she thanked and said farewell to all of her family and friends.

She's headed to Minnesota next month to undergo a bone marrow transplant. That will be her new home until next year.

"It's going to be hard," said Lizzie. "I know that for sure. I don't let myself think of it too much just because it's not happening yet."

Lizzie has a rare form of anemia-- that means she can't produce healthy red blood cells. But against overwhelming odds, this week she was able to find a donor who passed all tests.

"I've never met them but I want to say thank you," said Lizzie. "Hopefully one day we'll be able to meet each other."

Saturday night, her family and friends were all by her side. They danced and shared stories.

"It's going to be hard to see her go away... not to see her all the time," said Nicole Ayers, Lizzie's best friend. "For her to go through that without me there, it's just going to be hard."

Since Lizzie might have to, her aunt wanted to support her by shaving her own head.

"She's definitely a huge supporter in anything I do and definitely one of my rocks," said Lizzie.

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